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Cajun Beef Cottage Pie With Mashed Cauliflower

Cottage Pie With Mashed Cauliflower

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef-cottage-pie, cottage-pie-mashed-cauliflower, easy-ground-beef-recipes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 servings
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced
  • olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 3 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 15 oz can pureed tomatoes
  • cup chili sauce i.e. Heinz
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun or Creole seasoning more or less to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp salt more or less to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen carrots and peas
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Mashed Cauliflower:
  • 2 lb cauliflower florets
  • 1 8 oz container onion & chive cream cheese softened
  • 5 Tbsp butter divided
  • 1 tsp garlic salt


  • Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook onion and diced peppers in a few drizzles of olive oil. Cook until softened and beginning to brown. Add garlic and beef, cooking until no pink remains in beef. Drain any excess fat from the pan
  • To the pan add tomatoes, chili sauce, Worcestershire, Cajun seasoning, salt, pepper and frozen carrots and peas. Mix well, taste and adjust salt, if needed. Pour into prepared dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Meanwhile, cook cauliflower florets in salted water until fork tender. Around 12-15 minutes. Drain well return to pot or to a mixing bowl.
  • To the cooked cauliflower add cream cheese, 4 Tbsp butter and garlic salt. Whip using an electric mixer until creamy. Some chunky pieces will remain.
  • Spread cauliflower over filling, dot with remaining 1 Tbsp butter.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until bubbly around the edges. Broil, for a few minutes at the very end of baking to brown.
  • Rest on the counter for 5 minutes, then serve.


You may use light cream cheese, shredded cheese and light butter with excellent results for this dish.